Closed Curtain co-director Kamboziya Partovi and actress Maryam Moghadam traveled to the Berlin Film Festival for the World Premiere of their film, which won a Silver Bear for filmmaker Jafar Panahi. Now, like Panahi, both face restrictions back home.
An Iranian official took aim at the Berlin International Film Festival for giving a prize to dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain at the events recent awards ceremony. The film screened at the festival "illegally."
Mid-week at the Berlinale, dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi defied his 20-year filmmaking ban (again) with the premiere of Closed Curtain, while French actress Juliette Binoche battled an incarceration of her own as persecuted sculptress Camille Claudel.
Three weeks after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the latest from Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke delighted audiences in Berlin, while competition dramas Layla Fourie and A Child's Pose explored the fallout of hit and runs.
France's The Nun and Chile's Gloria won praise in Berlin on Sunday, while footage from Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac was screened for a select crowd of buyers and Canada's Vic + Flo ont vu un ours took its bow as the country held its annual party at its embassy.
Friday's screening of David M. Rosenthal's A Single Shot had Berlinale insiders buzzing, while Saturday's premieres included two European standouts that took inspiration (of sorts) from American Westerns: Boris Khlebnikov's A Long Happy Life and Thomas Arslan's Gold starring Nina Hoss.
Joseph Gordon Levitt charmed audiences with his directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction starring Scarlett Johansson, while non-stars and improvisation ruled the day in Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's trilogy finale Paradise: Hope at the Berlinale on Friday.
The director discussed his highly anticipated new kung fu film, which will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival tonight, at a press conference alongside stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. Wong is also serving as the jury president at this year's festival.